#RRBC Book & Blog Block Party – Quizzing The President


Blog Party 1

Location:  ALL OVER THE WORLD!

# of Giveaways today:  2

(1) FREE Membership or Membership Renewal

(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card

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Good Morning!  My name is Natasha Know-It-All and I’m a reporter with the Raving Reviews News.  Today, we have tracked down the extremely busy President & Founder of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, Nonnie Jules.  We asked if she could spare a few moments for a quick Q&A and surprisingly, to our delight, she said “YES!” Although she has limited this to only a 6 Q&A session, we’re happy to have that!  Any little bone she’s willing to throw at us, we’re willing to run after it!  Ms. Jules rarely gives interviews so sit back, relax and take it all in!  Here is her take on quality vs quantity.  #Winning

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Natasha:  Hello, Ms. Jules!  Sharing that I’m so excited to be sitting down with you today would be a great understatement!  I am ecstatic, so thank you, thank you, thank you for this!

Nonnie:  Oh, you’re very welcome.  ‘Tis my pleasure to chat with you, as well.

Natasha:  OK, I know how busy you are, so let’s get right down to business;  just a few questions that came to me last night while doing my research for this sit-down.  I have followed your organization since its inception and if I can remember correctly, at one point, your membership was well over 600.  Can you tell us why you’re around the 400 mark today?

Nonnie:  I’d love to share that with you, Ms. Know-It-All…or, would you prefer that I call you Natasha?

Natasha:  Natasha would be fine, thank you (as she rolls her eyes).

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Nonnie:  Great!  When I started RRBC, our membership was FREE.  At that time, we were pushing heavily the fact that when you added your name to our roster, every other member on the roster was strongly encouraged to #follow you on social media.  It got to the point that folks were joining us simply to grow their followers list.  It was disheartening to know that there were unscrupulous people out there who would go to such lengths just to grow their followers.  Well, they’d come on board, do absolutely nothing for the club or within the club, show no support for their fellow members and then they’d leave.  When I was completely fed up with these characters, we decided that we would begin charging a fee for membership, a small one, but one nonetheless.  I knew that this would weed out the riff-raff from the serious authors and readers who wanted to truly belong to a community of support, so our fee of $25/annually was instated.  We had much email from members (new and old) who said they would gladly spend more for all that they received, or was offered here. We still have those today who choose not to renew their membership, and for a great majority of those, they joined, put their name on our roster, did absolutely nothing within the club, then looked around one day and said “Hmmm, what is this club doing for me? No one is reading and reviewing my book.”  Well, if you put absolutely nothing in, you probably weren’t getting much out.

Natasha:  OK.  Were you disappointed to see your numbers fall?

Nonnie:  (Laughing) Not at all, Natasha!  Actually, I was excited!  I’m all about quality and not quantity.  I’m not the author who wants to be known for writing MANY books, I’m the author who wants to be known for writing GREAT books, and if that is only ONE great book, I’m happy with that!  All organizations go thru change in membership and if you’ve ever belonged to any, you would know that this kind of change is typical.  I want only the best in my organization and if that means I have only 10 great members as opposed to 100 bits of riff-raff, I’d feel blessed that I had the 10!

Natasha:  It’s pretty evident that you have some folks who have been with you for quite some time.  Why do you think they stick around?

Nonnie:  I have a great many board members, ex-board members, and members who have been here for a very long time, some since day one.  These authors (for the most part) realize the importance of community, and they’ve never found anything like RRBC before.  Authors supporting one another instead of competing against each other?  That’s unheard of!  But, it’s what we do and it is why our core of supportive members remain.  AND, they also see the great benefits to membership here…and those benefits are numerous and all GRAND!

Natasha:  Would you mind sharing the names of some of those awesome members you speak of above?  We’d like to get to know them ourselves!

Nonnie:  Of course!  Bruce A. Borders, Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Beem Weeks and Marlena Hand have been with me practically since the very beginning and you could count them among the founding members group.  Bruce and Shirley are now retired, LIFETIME Board Members, but they are always willing and ready to jump in whenever they are called upon.  I can’t leave without mentioning some of our other awesome-tastic members, as well:  Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, Peggy Hattendorf, Bette A. Stevens, Nicholas Rossis, Michelle Abbott, Rhani D’Chae, Linda Mims, Jennifer Hinsman, Jan Sikes, Gordon Bickerstaff, Karen Ingalls, and so many more, and a great big shout-out to those especially supportive newer members, that I’m sure I’ve failed to mention (but you know who you are, and I want you to say so down below!)

Natasha:  Well, OK! That’s quite a list!  What makes these members stand out from some of your past members who you would tag as riff-raff?

Nonnie:  Natasha, these members stand out in my mind because they are so supportive of everyone else.  Their timelines are filled with support of others.  If you’re on a blog tour, you can find them at the door waiting, even before your tour begins (and you don’t have to even offer a giveaway for most of them to follow along), and they make themselves known in the RRBC community…they engage with their fellow members.  That engagement is one of the most important factors to having a successful membership within RRBC.  Our supportive members have to really know you to throw the full weight of their support behind you, so don’t just slap your name on our roster, put your books in our catalog and then expect to be supported in grand fashion.  It doesn’t work that way here.  When you give a little, you get so much more in return!

Natasha:  Everyone knows you’re a no-holds-barred kind of person.  Does it bother you that you are perceived as such, or do you not mind that label at all?

Nonnie:  I’m not a label-person, Natasha, and sticks and stones…right? I learned long ago that I cannot control the actions and thoughts of other people, so I don’t try.  Anyone who follows me anywhere, knows that I don’t live my life based on how I am perceived by others, or what others might think of me.  If you like me, great!  If you don’t, well, that’s your problem…I love me!  And me loving me, is all that matters.  There are too many people who live their lives based on the feelings of others, and when you live that way, you can’t truly be happy.  I mean, if someone is angry with you, you can’t sleep, if someone doesn’t like you, you can’t eat, if someone isn’t your friend, you have a bad day…let me make this crystal clear:  I sleep, eat and have great days so I guess it’s safe to say I’m not one of these people.  I have said, and will go to my grave with this, I will never give ANYONE that kind of power over my life.  For those of you who have relinquished your power to others, take it back.  It’s not at all worth it in the end.

Natasha:  Well, that wraps up this interview!  I wish we had more time with you, Ms. Jules, but we do understand that any moment away from the RRBC Corporate Offices, is a moment lost on supporting your membership, and we wouldn’t want that.  Any final words?

Nonnie:  Natasha, thanks for the interview, I really enjoyed it!   I’d like to thank everyone who is following along and partying with us on our block party this month!  Be sure to leave a comment below to get entered into our daily drawing and there are also two other stops today, so don’t forget to visit the lineup to find out where they are.

If you haven’t joined RRBC, ask yourself “What am I waiting for? Am I being truly supported out here alone or with these other clubs who offer more lip service than actual service?”  I assure you, the sooner you take the leap, the better off you’ll be with the power of RRBC standing behind you!

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98 responses

  1. Wow! Great post, Nonnie! So many interesting things to know about you!!

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  2. Sounds like great club to belong to.

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  3. Great interview! I’ve heard you say many times before about giving a little and get a lot in return. 😉

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  4. Loved the interview. I am so glad I joined this group. The amount of support provided is phenomenal.

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  5. Ooooo boy! What a busy day! But I had to make time to look in here for this extra-special feature post for the block party 😀
    Nonnie – you’re amazing as interviewee (or indeed, interviewer! 😉 ) but most of all as our President and leading light (that lights everyone else up too!). Long may you and the RRBC community, that I’m so happy and proud to serve, continue to prosper and thrive. 😀

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  6. Great interview about a phenomenal group! I’m so happy and consider myself so lucky to have found and become a member of RRBC! Have a magnificent Monday, everyone! 🙂

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  7. Thanks for the interview! I have received stacks of support since I joined!

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  8. Nonnie, that was a fantastic interview! It definitely gave me a couple of things to think about. I hope you have a great day on your part of the tour. *Hugs* Oh, and thank you for the reminder about the conference. I still need to register. I was going to do that the other day, but then I saw something shiny and…that was the end of that. Lol

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  9. The support I have received thus far has been awesome. The members of the RRBC community have made me feel very welcome, and I’m so delighted to be a part of this talented group.

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    1. Sooz, we’re delighted to have you as part of our RRBC family!

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      1. Thanks so much, Nonnie. The selection of books available to read and review is outstanding.

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  10. Great interview Natasha – just shows how unique a place RRBC really is. Best to all – MikeL

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  11. Well said – pay it forward to other writers – tweet, blog, post , read & review their books, listen to the RaveWaves shows – get to know the other authors – make friends -have a laugh – be part of something bigger than yourself!

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    1. That’s tellin’ em, Wendy!

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  12. Great blog and very interesting to see how the RRBC began. Also, loved getting to know a bit about the other members.

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  13. Thumbs up for loyal, supportive, involved people to help keep RRBC moving onward and upward. There are definitely people out there who don’t want to engage, but there are lots of wonderful folks who want to enjoy the human part of indie authorship–the part where you meet real, breathing people, support each other, and cheer on one another’s successes. Thanks for making RRBC a meeting spot for those people!

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    1. Thanks for dropping in, Stephanie, and you’re so very welcome!

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  14. Every author should read this post. It is enlightening to see how #RRBC began. Great interview!

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  15. Having a community of supportive authors is so important! This is a great group of people who really are looking out for each other. I’m glad to be part of it!

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  16. Great interview, Nonnie. Thank you for the mention. Always nice to see that happen. I also agree with the quality vs quantity concept and think you have done the right thing in seeking quality over quantity.

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    1. Yes, John…quantity, easy to come by. Quality…a rare find! #Treasure

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  17. Loved the interviewed and all the support!

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  18. Wow, ‘Natasha’ calls it as she sees sees it. Reminds me of someone, hmmm… Definitely some good advice here. Biblically speaking, we ‘ reap what we sow,’ and I personally find more joy in helping others than myself which is more drudge work. Another cliche–‘what goes around comes around’ as I tell my kids, is a fact of life. One of the best things about RRBC is that as busy as it keeps one, I never feel rushed or pressured. And the support for someone as technically impaired as I am is not only a huge relief but it feeds and nourishes my lack of confidence. Since joining two years ago, I find that I have no patience for other so-called Indie support groups. Another final biblical quote: ‘separating the wheat from the chaff,’ can only make this group stronger, self-sufficient and productive. Thanks for a great interview!

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    1. Micki, you sure had a lot to say here…I must have struck a chord! But, we’re on the same page. You do reap what you sow, and all should remember that!

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  19. Great stuff! This is really good information and incredibly useful! I love learning more about the community here, especially the people who’ve been here for a while!

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    1. Thanks, Lincoln! We appreciate your supportive self!

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  20. Great interview! I see many familiar names, though I’m not a member of this marvelous group. I am glad you made it open to the general public. I’ve already met interesting authors and their captivating books are added to my staggering TBR list.
    Wishing everyone best of luck with this tour !
    Carmen

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  21. Fun interview! Always fun getting to know other writers. Nonnie and Natashia, kudos!

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  22. Reblogged this on mallie1025 and commented:
    Kudos to RRBC President Telling it like it is!!!

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    1. Thanks for the reblog, Micki!

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  23. Here is a tweet that I “borrowed” from our very own Michelle Abbott and I’m sharing it in case you all want to use it:

    #authors enter to #win FREE membership n2 #RaveReviewsBookClub https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/rrbc-book-blog-block-party-quizzing-the-president/

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  24. Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    An interview with Nonnie Jules on a RRBC Block Party stop today! Reblogging on Archer’s Aim…

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    1. Thanks for the reblog, P. H.!

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  25. What a delightful interview! I couldn’t agree more with the statement of “quality versus quantity.” We are indeed a QUALITY organization and want to continue to attract those quality and supportive individuals who enhance the overall membership and efforts of RRBC. Well stated, Nonnie. Great reporting from Natasha, Ms. Know-it-All.

    Nonnie, thank you also for your kind mention. It’s a pleasure to be among this highly supportive and talented group of our members.

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    1. Your presence definitely raises our ranks, Ms. Hattendorf! #TalentBeyondMeasure!

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  26. Good morning! This is a wonderful bit of getting to know the RRBC President! The RRBC Book & Blog Block Party has been such fun thus far and I’m looking forward to the continuing the Block Party each day!

    I agree with Nonnie Jules! Why haven’t you joined RRBC?

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  27. Reblogged this on Room With Books and commented:
    The President of Rave Reviews Book Club opens up during the Block Party!

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  28. Reblogged this on Finder's Keepers – Author Tracey Clark and commented:
    take a peep at our fearless RRBC leader… great interview

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  29. A fun interview – it was like an On the Shelf in reverse 🙂 I didn’t realise RRBC used to be free to join – but I am so glad that these days it is made up far more of people who actually want to participate and contribute rather than just wanting the number on their twitter followers to go up!

    I can’t believe I am nearly at my one year anniversary – how that time has flown but I will certainly be renewing when the time comes

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    1. Yes, D. E., we were well on our way to a year before we started charging for membership. The board members will tell you that I wanted to keep our membership FREE, but with all the work that goes into processing members in and out, and the way the “riff-raff” was flocking to us, we just couldn’t do it. I know that it’s hard for “riff-raff” to part with their money, so this fee was the one thing that would get us a better quality of membership. In all honesty, it has!

      And for those of you who are bothered by my use of the term “riff-raff,” you’ll get over it.

      Have a great day, all!

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  30. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    I am honored to be included in your list of loyal supporters. I didn’t expect to see my name in lights. lol You are so right about allowing other people to define you. You cannot depend on humans for your happiness or you will go crazy. The people who don’t know this are the ones having bad days all the time and being depressed and living with all kinds of drama in their lives. Don’t live your life trying to get others’ approval. It will never happen. Well said Nonnie! Tell Ms. Know-It-All that I’m proud of her for asking all the right questions.

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  31. Such a fantastic interview! RRBC really is a community, and a community needs participation and active engagement to thrive. I can’t imagine not being a member of this fabulous club. Many thanks for the mention as well. You’re a gem! Cheers. 🙂

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    1. Well, said, Natalie! If only more recognized what it truly takes to thrive here, the way you do…our jobs would be a lot easier!

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  32. Wonderful interview as usual with great insight into the mind of Wonder Woman. Thanks for the shout out. RRBC is always the best place to be.

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    1. Thanks, Gordon! I think it’s the ONLY place to be, but hey, you know those labels…I could be ‘tagged’ as a tad bit biased! LOL

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  33. I agree with Staci. As a newbie to the club it was great hearing about its inception, the members who have been part of it for so long, and how its changed. Support of others is definitely key. As an author, it’s been amazing to find such a high level in RRBC. I’m delighted to have connected with so many new friends and share that support in return.

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    1. Thanks, Mae! You’re one of those awesome members that we’ve been lucky enough to add to our roster! Always spreading the word about our amazing club!

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  34. Wow, thanks for the shout out. I’m one of those who learned: more labor = more fruit. Always happy to help.

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    1. Perfect! I love it, Craig! Keep up the good work!

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  35. Beautifully said Nonnie! You created a wonderful book club, the #RRBC, and I am so proud to be a member. :D. #RRBC has done a lot for me. Thank you Natasha for bringing this to us. 🙂

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    1. #RRBC has done a lot for A TON of people, Joy…and the sad part is, is that there are some who have been gifted with rewards here and once they’ve ‘taken,’ they don’t even stick around to pay-it-forward. Just leaves a dirty taste in my mouth, those kinds.

      Thanks for being awesome, Joy!

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  36. Natasha is quite the interviewer!!! Nonnie you are an inspiration, a great organizer, and creative leader. Thank you for all you do.

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    1. …and Karen, you are much too kind! Thank you!

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  37. Really enjoyed the interview Nonnie and Natasha. Loved your comments Nonnie on how others can dictate your happiness if you let them! Well said and a life lesson there!

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    1. Julie, it can be very draining when you’re living to please others…I don’t have that much energy to give, so here on earth, I live to please me.

      I always say to my daughters: If they don’t feed me, clothe me, house me or quench my thirst when I’m parched…they are of little consequence in my world of happy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. annemargaretmanay | Reply

    Nice to see those familiar names. I agree that quality is paramount. You don’t need dead weight in nay facet of your life.

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  39. Awesome interview. Thanks for asking the tough questions Natasha! THANKS for keeping RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB Fresh, Ms. Jules! You are so appreciated!

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    1. Natasha was great, wasn’t she, Linda? She did ask the hard answers but they were great and I really loved answering them!

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  40. Great interview with THE Nonnie Jules. And by the way, this tour has been great, and the work put into organizing it hasn’t gone unnoticed!

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    1. Robert, how kind of you to say! Thanks for following along with the block party and thank you so much for the support!

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  41. Thanks for everything you do. Great interview.

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  42. I’m glad I became a fully-fledged member now, although I enjoyed receiving your newsletters, Nonnie.

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    1. We’re glad to have you, Maretha!

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  43. Until you’re dead? Darn-it, Harmz…that’s a long time to have to put up with you rolling all over the floor!!! But, well….oooooooooookkkkkkkkk! We’ll keep you!

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  44. Well, if Natasha is Miss Know-It-All, we all know that makes Nonnie Miss-Does-It-All! (a.k.a. Wonder Woman.) Thanks for the mention, Nonnie. And thanks for keeping this incredible ship afloat. RRBC is one of the biggest and best things available to indie authors–and it’s only getting better!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Beem! And, thanks for all that you do for RRBC! You’re amazing!

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  45. Awesome interview, Nonnie, and thanks so much for the mention. I’ve always believed you get out of anything what you put in. I love being a member of RRBC!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Ms-Hospitality-Mims!

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  46. Many familiar names on that list that I’ve seen the two years I’ve been here. 🙂

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  47. It was really nice reading this post and getting to know a bit about the members who have been with you since the beginning.

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    1. Thanks, Staci! We’re happy to have you on our roster!

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